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Misreading Pakistan; Attacking Annapolis; Reinterpreting the Syria Airstrike; One Jerusalem, and mor

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The Neocons on Pakistan: Neat, Simple, and Dangerously Naïve
Analysis by Najum Mushtaq

Writers like Frederick Kagan, Michael O’Hanlon, Charles Krauthammer, and John Bolton have been wringing their hands over what to do about Pakistan, offering risible suggestions about how the U.S. military could intervene and naïvely arguing that the Pakistani military is a force for "Westernization" and stability. Failing to learn the lessons of the Reagan era, which saw the military fall under the influence of Islamists, these neoconservatives ignore the fact that under leaders like Gen. Pervez Musharraf minority extremists have gained prominence. Instituting democracy and a culture of civilian supremacy will take decades of uninterrupted electoral exercise and peaceful transitions of power. But the alternative to this—in the name of stability, antiterrorism, and nuclear safekeeping—would spell disaster for Pakistan as well as for global security. Read full story.

Attacking Annapolis
By Jim Lobe

In the run-up to this week’s Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in Annapolis, the regular suspects at outfits like AEI and Freedom’s Watch have criticized U.S. and Israeli leaders for supporting the talks. Read full story.

FEATURED PROFILES

One Jerusalem
Led by Natan Sharansky, Benjamin Netanyahu, and others, One Jerusalem, a Likud-aligned group based in New York City, has worked to push back Mideast peace proposals, including the recent Annapolis talks.

Dov Zakheim
Zakheim was an integral part of the team that shaped Bush administration foreign and defense policies; for three years as Pentagon Comptroller, he oversaw U.S. military spending during the early stages of the "war on terror."

Ahmed Chalabi
Chalabi, the infamous Iraqi exile close to neoconservatives who was accused of providing false intelligence about the regime of Saddam Hussein, has re-emerged as head of a key Iraqi government agency charged with providing services in Baghdad.

Thomas Donnelly
Donnelly, a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, has argued since 9/11 that the greatest threat facing America and the world is what he terms "revolutionary Islam."

ALSO NEW ON RIGHT WEB

The Reality of the Raid
By Gareth Porter

The peculiar September Israeli air strike against Syria is now being recognized as a joint warning message to Iran from Israel and the United States. Read full story.

Not "What," Just "Who"
By Khody Akhavi

The political crisis in Pakistan has put a glaring spotlight on the Bush administration’s flawed strategies to combat nuclear weapons proliferation. Read full story.

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney was a leading framer of the “global war on terror” and a staunch supporter of aggressive U.S. military action around the world.


Mike Pompeo, the Trump administration’s second secretary of state, is a long time foreign policy hawk and has led the public charge for an aggressive policy toward Iran.


Right Web readers will be familiar with Mr. Fleitz, the former CIA officer who once threatened to take “legal action” against Right Web for publicizing reports of controversies he was associated with in the George W. Bush administration. Fleitz recently left his job at the conspiracy-mongering Center for Security Policy to become chief of staff to John Bolton at the National Security Council.


Norm Coleman is chair of the Republican Jewish Coalition and a former senator from Minnesota known for his hawkish views on foreign policy.


Billionaire hedge fund mogul Paul Singer is known for his predatory business practices and support for neoconservative causes.


Keith Kellogg, national security adviser to Vice President Mike Pence, is a passionate supporter of Trump’s foreign policy.


Christians United for Israel (CUFI), the largest “pro-Israel” advocacy group in the United States, is known for its zealous Christian Zionism and its growing influence in the Republican Party.


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The Trumpian new regional order in the Middle East is predicated on strongman rule, disregard for human rights, Sunni primacy over Iran and other Shia centers of power, continued military support for pro-American warring parties regardless of the unlawfulness of such wars, and Israeli hegemony.


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A comparison of U.S. nuclear diplomacy with Iran and the current version with North Korea puts the former in a good light and makes the latter look disappointing. Those with an interest in curbing the dangers of proliferating nuclear weapons should hope that the North Korea picture will improve with time. But whether it does or not, the process has put into perspective how badly mistaken was the Trump administration’s trashing of the Iran nuclear agreement.


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Numerous high profile Trump administration officials maintain close ties with anti-Muslim conspiracy theorists. In today’s America, disparaging Islam is acceptable in ways that disparaging other religions is not. Given the continuing well-funded campaigns by the Islamophobes and continuing support from their enablers in the Trump administration, starting with the president himself, it seems unlikely that this trend will be reversed any time soon.


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The Trump administration’s nuclear proliferation policy is now in meltdown, one which no threat of “steely resolve”—in Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s words—will easily contain. It is hemorrhaging in part because the administration has yet to forge a strategy that consistently and credibly signals a feasible bottom line that includes living with—rather than destroying—regimes it despises or fears. Political leaders on both sides of the aisle must call for a new model that has some reasonable hope of restraining America’s foes and bringing security to its Middle East allies.


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Congressional midterm elections are just months away and another presidential election already looms. Who will be the political leader with the courage and presence of mind to declare: “Enough! Stop this madness!” Man or woman, straight or gay, black, brown, or white, that person will deserve the nation’s gratitude and the support of the electorate. Until that occurs, however, the American penchant for war will stretch on toward infinity.


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To bolster the president’s arguments for cutting back immigration, the administration recently released a fear-mongering report about future terrorist threats. Among the potential threats: a Sudanese national who, in 2016, “pleaded guilty to attempting to provide material support to ISIS”; an Uzbek who “posted a threat on an Uzbek-language website to kill President Obama in an act of martyrdom on behalf of ISIS”; a Syrian who, in a plea agreement, “admitted that he knew a member of ISIS and that while in Syria he participated in a battle against the Syrian regime, including shooting at others, in coordination with Al Nusrah,” an al-Qaeda offshoot.


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The recent appointment of purveyors of anti-Muslim rhetoric to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom exposes the cynical approach Republicans have taken in promoting religious freedom.


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